UCS contemplated the “ideal food system” – which they define as the totality of “growing, harvesting, transporting, processing and distributing food, as well as the economic, environmental, health, and social dimensions of those activities.” They gathered, mostly from public sources, data that measure how close each state comes to the ideal of achieving an environmentally, economically and socially sustainable food supply. They looked at issues like over all health, sustainability and equitable distribution. They looked at soil health, water quality and biodiversity. They even considered the average age of the farmers.
In preparing this state-by-state snapshot, they acknowledge some “data gaps” and challenges inherent in a complex system. Nevertheless, they’ve arrived at a baseline from which changes can be charted. They’ve also made several policy recommendations that they feel would enhance the system across the board.
Take a look: https://www.ucsusa.org/food-agriculture/food-system-scorecard#bycategory